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THE City of Joondalup will not progress two planning scheme amendments that seek to reduce the residential density in parts of Duncraig.
Amendments 88 and 90 proposed reducing the density of Housing Opportunity Area 1 west of the Mitchell Freeway from R20/R40 and R20/R60 to R20/R30.
The City has 10 housing opportunity areas that aim to increase density in areas near train stations, public transport and shopping centres to meet State Government infill targets.
At last month’s council briefing, planning and community development director Dale Page said community consultation on the amendments was extensive, with 1014 information packs sent out.
She said of the 272 responses in the area for amendment 88, 76.8 per cent supported reducing the density and of the 94 in the area for amendment 90, 78.7 per cent were in support.
Ms Page said though residents’ concerns for higher density were acknowledged, the recommendation was not to progress the amendments.
She said Duncraig residents were not alone in their concerns, with other suburbs also seeking lower density, and that a “broader and more strategic approach” was required to manage the impacts of density across all housing opportunity areas.
“If we progress the amendments, this will create expectations in other parts of the community and there will be further calls for additional amendments,” she said.
Mayor Albert Jacob said that for the City to address the “legitimate community concerns being raised” in all housing opportunity areas, it needed to stop making ad hoc amendments.
“Approaching planning in this way is divisive in our community,” he said.
However, Cr Russell Poliwka said the council had “caused severe angst”.
The recommendation was passed 7-4, with Crs Poliwka, Nige Jones, Christopher May and John Chester voting against.
This decision means the council can now request the Planning Minister to finalise the City’s draft Local Planning Scheme.
Celeste Muntean, Lachlan Beveridge, Maya De Lima, Riley Hales and Oliver Chiera biting into Paint Me a Rainbow activities.